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  • Man sentenced in high-speed chase, assault case
    The Monroe man who told police he had wanted them to kill him following a high-speed chase down U.S. Highway 2 in July was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 years in prison with credit for time served.
  • Monroe mayor looks to keep position
    Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas met last Tuesday with challenger and City Councilmember Jim Kamp for one of the two public forums.
  • District 5 county council candidates square off a Monroe Chamber forum

    District 5 Snohomish County Council incumbent Sam Low and challenger Kristin Kelly took the stage together at the annual Monroe Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last Tuesday at the Rock Church.

  • Monroe Council hopefuls make their case to voters

    Four seats on the Monroe City Council are up for grabs in the general election. Only three of the incumbents running for reelection have competition.  
    The six candidates in the contested races were given a chance to speak during the annual Monroe Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last Tuesday at the Rock Church.

  • A new leash on life
    Beck's Place clients talked up the nonprofit and the help it provides clients in crisis who don't want to lose their four-legged family members during the organization's second annual Evening at Adam's fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 9. 
  • MHS senior has  educational strategy
    Mitchell Boulter was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist this fall. As a junior, he placed in the top 1 percent of the 1.6 million students who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT, also called the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
  • Victory on Heybrook Ridge
    Almost exactly 11 years after the first notice of proposed logging was posted at the Index General Store, the proponents of Heybrook Ridge can finally celebrate its preservation.
  • Hurricane canines to the rescue

    Five pets have found their way from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters to Monroe.
    The dogs traveled nearly 2,300 miles from where they were displaced during the natural disaster that killed dozens of people and forced thousands to leave their homes. Many of those people now have nothing and are struggling to survive, said Pasado’s Safe Haven executive director Laura Henderson.

  • Getting vets back to work

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene has reintroduced legislation intended to connect the nation’s 370,000 unemployed veterans with jobs.
    About $50 million would be made available through the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act for the next five years, according to a news release from DelBene’s Washington, D.C., office.

  • Monroe dance instructor receives nine-month sentence

    The Monroe dance instructor charged with inappropriately touching an underage student in November 2015 will be spending the next nine months in jail. Kristopher Backman received his sentencing for third-degree child molestation from Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

  • Sultan School District keeps classes going after online threat
    The message was posted through Sarahah.com, a website that allows people to send comments anonymously. Parents of school district students shared images of the threat on social media. It read: “I'm in your second period class and I'm gonna bring a gun to the school this is not a joke so don't go to school tomorrow if u want to live I'm serious.”
  • First Frank Wagner Art Walk
    The first — and likely not the last — Frank Wagner Art Walk was hosted in Monroe’s historic downtown corridor Friday evening. Almost every one of the students made a piece that was on display and for sale.
  • Coffee with the Mayor
    When she scheduled Friday’s trip to Sultan, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene hadn’t planned to congratulate the mayor on being tapped to fill former Rep. John Koster’s vacant seat.
  • Monroe releases preliminary budget
    The city of Monroe has released its proposed 2018 budget, with expenses estimated at around $62.2 million. What tends to be the city’s largest fund is anticipated to grow by 2.44 percent by the end of next year.
  • YMCA Fun Run haunting downtown in October
    The Monroe Family YMCA development and corporate relations director said they are among the hundreds of racers that traditionally turn out to complete the routes. The 1 mile, 5K and 10K Fun Run fundraiser has coupled grit with creativity for the past eight years, and is set to do it again on Saturday, Oct. 28.
  • Monroe collisions specialist hits the brakes
    The Monroe Police Department lost its collisions specialist when Jon “JR” Richardson retired on Sept. 15. He was with the agency for about 32 years. For nine of those, he was assigned as a detective, but decided to request patrol again around 1998. 
  • Rebel Mels looks for family
    Holly McVey says there isn’t another facility she knows of that combines the different trainings and activities available at Monroe’s Rebel Mels Fitness, which opened in early September.
  • Seattle man falls, dies near Wallace Falls

    A Seattle man who fell near Wallace Falls died Sunday evening.
    The 33-year-old had been hiking with friends and family when he went over an embankment near the Sky Valley lookout at middle falls, according to a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office news release. His wife called 911 and told dispatch their dog had also fallen.

  • Environmental group challenges aerial spraying
    SVENA suggests timber corporations spot spray smaller amounts of land and plan clear cutting and replanting, so the need to control competing vegetation is minimized, or letting a diversity of vegetation grow instead of using chemicals.
  • Monroe strategizing new  economic approaches

    Monroe city staff is proposing a new approach to build up the tourism industry and economy.
    City administrator Deborah Knight presented the plan to form an advisory board to the Monroe City Council at the Sept. 12 meeting. It is part of a larger economic development strategy she and Mayor Geoffrey Thomas have been fine-tuning for the past month.

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